GEOG 3010 - Tourism and Environment

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Tourism has become one of the largest industries in the world in terms of employment and international trade. On the other hand, public concerns have been growing for the environmental, ecological, and social impacts of tourism, such as the overuse of natural resources, carbon emissions, neoliberalism-driven tourism industry. This course investigates the relationship between tourism and natural environments. The course considers the recreational, educational, and economic aspects of tourism associated with protected areas, agricultural landscapes, green open spaces, and cultural assets. The course first discusses environmental attitudes and preferences in the use of the natural and cultural resources, and then choice of travel modes. The course next introduces a broad range of sustainable tourism models, including agro-tourism, sports (e.g cycling, bush-walking) tourism, and culture tourism. The course also brings attention to pro-poor tourism, which is an important instrument to help the poor in developing countries to combat poverty, as well as community-based ecotourism, which can consolidate indigenous knowledge, engage local communities, and triggers local economic development.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 3010
    Course Tourism and Environment
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description Tourism has become one of the largest industries in the world in terms of employment and international trade. On the other hand, public concerns have been growing for the environmental, ecological, and social impacts of tourism, such as the overuse of natural resources, carbon emissions, neoliberalism-driven tourism industry. This course investigates the relationship between tourism and natural environments. The course considers the recreational, educational, and economic aspects of tourism associated with protected areas, agricultural landscapes, green open spaces, and cultural assets. The course first discusses environmental attitudes and preferences in the use of the natural and cultural resources, and then choice of travel modes. The course next introduces a broad range of sustainable tourism models, including agro-tourism, sports (e.g cycling, bush-walking) tourism, and culture tourism. The course also brings attention to pro-poor tourism, which is an important instrument to help the poor in developing countries to combat poverty, as well as community-based ecotourism, which can consolidate indigenous knowledge, engage local communities, and triggers local economic development.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jungho Suh

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Develop a sound understanding of the concept of sustainable tourism in using natural resources.
    2 Develop an understanding of social disputation over the use of natural resources for tourism purposes.
    3 Develop and discuss appropriate policy approaches to overcoming tourism-induced environmental problems and to promoting sustainable tourism.
    4 Understand the characteristics of nature-based tourism in the industrial and global perspectives.
    5 Apply the travel cost method in estimating the value of natural resources.
    6 Convey their ideas, using the knowledge gained through class participation and reading in the completion of major term papers.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    1, 2, 4, 6

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2, 3, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no strictly required text for this course. 
    Recommended Resources
    The following text is strongly recommended. 

    Holden, A. 2016. Environment and Tourism, Routledge, New York.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni website for this course will provide you with access to course materials, announcements and many other features to help manage your study. You are advised to regularly visit the MyUni website for the course to receive course materials, announcements and reminders. Students are also advised to check back their university email account for any course updates or information.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Although the lectures are intended to help you understand the key concepts discussed in the textbook, the lectures aim to add value and not just to regurgitate the text. Materials presented in lectures may come from diverse other sources. Video or audio recording service will be provided for this course. The lecture PowerPoint slides will be posted, in pdf format, to the course MyUni webpage progressively after lectures. That way, you are free from having to reproduce the material in the Powerpoint slides during lectures. However, much detail will be conveyed to the audience verbally. 
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    4 hours reading per week
    3 hours reserach per week
    3 hours assignment preparation per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Ecotourism
    Week 3 Environmental attitudes and environmental psychology
    Week 4 Policy instruments and tourism
    Week 5 Nature conservation and tourism
    Week 6 Tourism and development 
    Week 7 Place, environment, and tourism
    Week 8 Globalisation, localisation, and tourism
    Week 9 Tourism and non-market valuation
    Week 10 TBA
    Week 11 TBA
    Week 12 Course review and reflections
    * The sequnece of lecture topics is subject to change.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to participate in a one-hour tutorial per week throughout the semester except for Week 1 and Week 12 when there is no tutorial scheduled for this course. Students can attend their assigned session only unless otherwise arranged. Your tutor will keep monitoring your tutorial attendance. In case anyone could not make it to their sign-up tutorial session but attended one of the other tutorial sessions, it is their responsibility to inform the tutors of that for monitoring purposes.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial participation  Formative or summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Seminar presentation  Formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Academic essay  Summative 35% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Research report Summative 35% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    TBA
    Assessment Detail
    TBA
    Submission
    TBA
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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